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Libbey Park hosts free summer concerts
One of the Ojai Valley’s brightest hidden gems can be found only in the summertime, on Wednes- day evenings in Libbey Park, lighting up the night. You’ll  nd it in the park bandstand, also known as “the gazebo,” and its inner light is that of the Ojai Band, also known as the Ojai Summer Band. The fare is old-time music presented in the framework of old-time tradition, and the admission is free — one has only to wander into the park and enjoy.
With the sheet music for nearly 200 pieces at its disposal, the band is able to bring freshness and variety to its summer Concerts in the Park series while keeping a repertoire of favorites in place. Sousa marches and show tunes  gure among the traditional crowd pleasers. The band’s Music of the Beatles medley, too, enjoys perennial demand. Ir- ving Berlin’s “Songs for America” is another favorite, along with material from numerous Broadway mu- sicals, “Fiddler on the Roof” in particular.
Changing up the repertoire is essential, though. New material this year will include “Jungle Book”
selections, a fresh arrangement of “St. Louis Blues,” and Sousa’s “Yorktown Centennial March.” Also this summer, the program will feature a compilation
of movie themes composed by James Horner, who died in a 2015 plane crash northwest of Ojai.
But the most memorable highlight of each con- cert may well be the Children’s Balloon March, wherein a parade of kids makes — armed with bal- loons, accompanied by the band and led by elders — makes its way through Libbey Park at the halfway mark of each performance.
To some, it’s a lot like stepping back in time, but a step into timelessness might not be too far off the mark either. Either way, Ojai’s summer Concerts in the Park series always succeeds in creating the very best of times.
What: .......................................... Concerts in the Park Where: ..............................................Libbey Park, Ojai When: ..................Weds. 7:30-9 p.m. , July 6 – Aug. 17 Admission: ............................................................ Free
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